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Victorian Modes and Moods
ENGL 285
Spring 2023
Section: 01  

This course offers an introduction to British literature from the 1830s to the 1870s, with an emphasis on the main artistic modes of the era such as realism, gothic, "sensation," scientific essays, and religious meditations. Each half of the course will center on a big novel that incorporates these storytelling styles: Wilkie Collins's *The Woman in White* and George Eliot's *Middlemarch.* We will also examine poetry, nonfiction prose, and paintings to explore how these modes opened up cross-genre and cross-media conversations. Central themes include changing concepts of personhood; relations between science, nature, and faith; the experience of embodiment; the languages of everyday life and of literature; and the role of art in the modern world. Throughout, we will investigate how artists used these modes to capture moods they saw as distinctively modern, from pessimism to optimism, from alienation to friendship and love.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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